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11-25-2019 12:35 AM
Atticus My RCIA Experience

My wife and I, when deciding whether to join the Catholic Church, were advised by our priest to enter the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) program at our church. This was partly because my wife and I needed further teaching on the Faith, but also because our priest felt that people joining the Church were more likely to stay if they knew people who they went to church with. So we could look around and know people we considered friends. It was a good idea, even though, at first, I felt a little insulted to be going to a program designed for new Christians.

So we registered for RCIA and began rearranging our schedule to be able to attend. The classes were every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. My wife and I had finally qualified for respite care from the state, and so we had a lady who came to hour home once each week for three hours. That was just enough time for a quick dinner and to attend our RCIA class. Usually we would eat at some fast food restaurant, and then head to the church.

When we entered the room, there were about 10 other students in the class. There was Jennifer, a kind and gentle young woman who was from New Orleans and on her second marriage. She and her husband were going through the church’s annulment process to make their current marriage valid in the Catholic Church. There was Stacy, who was a tall thin woman married to a Catholic man in the parish. She was working on joining the church after having attended services with her family for some years. Then there was William, Christian, LizBeth, and Lisa, William, Christian and Lizbeth were all cousins. Lisa was a family friend they brought along. She also was dealing with a divorce and the Church’s annulment process.

Many of the students had a person close to them who acted as their "sponsor." The women whose husbands were Catholic had obvious sponsors. A few of the others had a family friend who acted as their sponsor. But neither my wife nor I knew anyone well enough (who lived close enough) to ask them to be our sponsor. So we were able to request someone from among the teachers. I picked Steven, a deacon at our church, who was often the voice of reason whenever there was a tough question. My wife was assigned a woman from the staff. Her name was Caroline.

As the class progressed, I became restless at times. There were two women in the class as teachers, who, though I liked them both personally, were telling us things that the Church opposed as if the Church was wrong. One was that they thought women weren't priested simply due to male chauvinism. And there were other things contrary to the Faith that they expressed sometimes. I spoke out with a differing view sometimes, and mine was a lonely voice. I started to think maybe they didn't think I should pass the class. But that was probably my imagining.

The weather was getting colder, and both my wife and I started feeling we were under attack - spiritually. I started waking up every night at exactly 3 a.m, with a feeling of terror. I would then say the Lord's prayer in a whisper there in the dark, and gradually the feeling would pass.

After a couple of days of this, I looked up spiritual warfare on the internet, and discovered the St. Michael prayer.

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

We found a Catholic bookstore, and bought some St. Michael prayer cards, along with a few other things. We both started to recite that prayer once each day, and the attacks stopped completely. Then the cards would mysteriously go missing, and we would return to the store to buy some more. We knew now that something was trying to prevent us from joining the Church.

As October approached, the weather got still colder. We always dressed casually for the class, and I dug out one of my favorite rugby shirts one night. It had dark green and dark blue stripes, and it was warm and comfortable, with all cotton construction.

That day, the instructors told us that sponsors had been assigned from the parish for everyone who still needed one. I lost Steven, however they introduced me to Casey that night. Casey was a big tall man with an easy smile and a friendly personality. The first thing he did was look at me and say "Hey, nice shirt!" He started pulling up the sleeve of his pullover, and lo and behold, he had on the exact same rugby shirt I was wearing!

I found out that Casey was a "cradle Catholic" and had been an altar boy when he was a kid. I was a "cradle Episcopalian" and had been an altar boy myself. So we had that in common. We also both liked traditional music and Pope Benedict. Casey sat next to me though every class from then on. He rarely spoke, but when one of the women said something wrong, he usually chimed right in and corrected her. It was a real relief. When the course was over, I received a gift from Casey. It was a book by a former Anglican priest, who converted to Catholicism after a supernatural experience with Therese of Lisieux. Casey was very devoted to the Saint himself. I gave him a collection of Christmas carols by King's College Choir, Cambridge.
11-25-2019 12:07 AM
Atticus In my family, which was Episcopalian prior to our conversion starting in 2011, it was traditional in Advent to attend a service known as "Lessons and Carols" during Advent. I'm planning a trip to a catholic Lessons and Carols service in the next few weeks so my wife and son (and maybe my inlaws) can experience this glorious tradition of sacred music, and the Liturgy of the Word. Here is a video of the Lessons and Carols service as it is done at King's College, Cambridge, England. The music arrangements were written by Sir David Wilcox. The renowned conductor of the Choir back in the 1950's. While an Anglican church - this is a very Catholic tradition, and the music is perfectly sound. Please enjoy - and if you ever have the chance - go and experience Lessons and Carols somewhere yourself.


When my son was born, we had a boombox in the delivery room. I put in a CD of King's College Choir, and the first music my son's ears heard upon birth were Christmas carols from King's College. I couldn't think of anything better.
11-24-2019 11:36 PM
Atticus Advent

Advent is the season of the Church Liturgical year which starts about now. It is the season immediately preceding Christmas - one of the greatest Feasts of the year.

Advent represents the time the world awaited in expectation the coming of the Messiah. The tradition is to make or buy an "Advent wreath" which is often a wire circlet with four candle holders spaced evenly around it. People usually decorate the wreath with evergreen branches and holly sprigs, ribbons and other decorations like pine cones, etc.

Into the candle holders go four special candles. Three are a deep purple, which is the liturgical color of the season. It represents the darkness of the world before Jesus, the Light of the world came to us. It also represents penance, and royalty. One of the candles is pink or rose colored. This candle is burned starting on "Rose Sunday" in English tradition, or for others, the Third Sunday of Advent, which is the day commemorating the birth of John the Baptist. On this day, the priests wear pink or rose colored vestments, and the readings are about John.

One candle is lit on each of the four Sundays of Advent, until at Christmas, when all four candles are burning, a white candle is often placed in the center of the wreath, representing Christ.

During Advent, we sing hymns of yearning for God, and of expectation. One of my favorites is "Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth" by Praetorius. It is also traditional to give alms, and to go to confession during Advent. Some call it a "mini-Lent."



Here's another traditional Advent "carol." It is "Oh Come oh come Emmanuel."

Advent is a season of preparation. It is one of the major effects of the liturgical year. It allows Catholics to "live" the life of Jesus in stages through the year, and to experience the full range of emotions through the cycles of waiting, expectation, joy, and sorrow, in the events of the life of Christ. Preparing for Christmas through a well-spent Advent greatly enhances the Joy and Exultation of the Christmas Feast.

Even if you don't follow catholic traditions, I invite you to listen to the hymns several times during the coming weeks, and to buy an Advent wreath, and light the candles each Sunday and every night at dinner. You will experience a sense of expectation, and a greater experience of Christmastime. God bless you!! Have a happy Advent!
11-08-2019 10:45 PM
Atticus Henrykjr, Thank you for posting. I really liked his sermon. God bless you.
11-08-2019 08:45 PM
Henrykjr
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Henrykjr, I am a former "Anglo-Catholic" Episcopalian. I always wished for a reunification with Rome, and was dismayed as I saw the Episcopal Church step further and further away from any possibility of reunion. I was DELIGHTED when I heard of the Anglican Ordinariate. It was the perfect way to preserve the rich patrimony of the English church, with it's spirituality, customs and culture. I came into the Roman Catholic Church during the reign of Benedict XVI, and was thrilled when he made his state visit to Britain. Unfortunately, there is no Anglican Orinariate parish close to me. I would be there in a heartbeat, as I love the old English hymns and prayers. I'm so glad this Ordinariate exists, and it is my hope that it will reintroduce to the rest of the Church the great beauty of English sacred music and art, and help to add much needed color and reverence to the Novus Ordo Mass.
The Ordinariate is growing at a pretty good pace.

If you want to understand this....please listen to Doc Holiday's Nov 3 Sermon
here:
https://www.ordinariate.org/index.php/category/sermons/

HK
11-07-2019 07:33 AM
Trogshak
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... There was a woman talking about her own struggles. It was in the context of prayer. She had a large family and many many problems with her kids. She said "if God is gonna give me all this, He's gonna hear about it!" So she complained to God, and I think that's okay. The point is, she was talking to God. Keeping up the relationship. Praying.
And [Jesus] told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man; and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, `Vindicate me against my adversary.' For a while he refused; but afterward he said to himself, `Though I neither fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will vindicate her, or she will wear me out by her continual coming.'"

And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?" (Luke 18:1-8)
11-07-2019 01:38 AM
Cabinet Maker ^^^Well said!
11-07-2019 12:44 AM
Atticus We say in Catholicism that God is good - always. All good comes from God. I personally feel that the word "good" may have come from the word "God." Any linguists out there are free to correct me.

But not all that occurs in the tainted world is good. Part of the answer to this is that God allows free will. If this were not so, his children (us) would not have any choice in our salvation or damnation. However He gives us a choice, either to choose Him, or choose the world. But that's only part of the answer.

Bad things happen to good people all the time. Good things happen to bad people all the time. Evil exists in our world, and wreaks havoc on all creation. This also is part of the answer. When people follow God's laws, goodness flows from those decisions. Not because we have won God's favor, but because He has taught us how to live, so that we may be free, may live life abundantly, and may someday come to live in eternity with Him. When people choose evil. Evil flows from those decisions.

When a man cheats on his wife, usually divorce happens. The children are damaged by this, and may never form a loving trusting bond with a husband or wife of their own. They may fail at many things, and may turn to alcohol or drugs.

When a couple is married in Church, God is partner in their union. God strengthens them, and if they receive the gift of children, those children are raised to know God, and to know what the sacrament of marriage looks like when lived out by their parents. From this comes the desire to marry and emulate or do better than their parents, and a positive cycle can begin.

There are many other examples, and exceptions. My point is, that when we follow God's plan for us, our lives are happier doing His will. He made us for Himself, and He knows how to help us live better.

Still there is disease, deformity, and accidents. Horrible things still happen - seemingly through chance. It is this which C.S. Lewis's book "The Problem of Pain" addresses so well.

Through it all, the Church stands with us in our hour of great need, and comforts us. Suffering is one of the great mysteries of the Faith, and can be redemptive in itself.

Listen to this woman at the :39 minute mark for an education on suffering as a devout catholic: https://relevantradio.com/2018/08/go...ugust-31-2018/

I'll say one more thing tonight. I watched a film a few years ago - don't remember the title. There was a woman talking about her own struggles. It was in the context of prayer. She had a large family and many many problems with her kids. She said "if God is gonna give me all this, He's gonna hear about it!" So she complained to God, and I think that's okay. The point is, she was talking to God. Keeping up the relationship. Praying.

God bless you!
11-06-2019 07:45 PM
Bluesman60 Many families and individuals experience tragedy but some seem to be immune. Nothing worse than the death of young people or watching a loved one slowly die to an illness. These type of occurrences can make us angry at God but that anger will hurt us more in the long run and the open wound makes us susceptible to the evil one...
I try to keep life and its sufferings in perspective and say Thy will be Done and I am consoled by thinking about Heaven and reuniting with my loved ones.
11-06-2019 07:32 PM
Cornly2
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Why would a Catholic or any Christian publicly state he is angry at God?
Because it was truth. How can I possibly return to faith without expressing what was truth to me at the time. I can hide how I felt, sure, but it would be a lie. I believe part of confession is to be true to that and frankly admit my sin.

I don't want to go into lots of details but in my young 20's I was bombarded with many many terrible things all at once. Most of those terrible things were related to unexpected and traumatic deaths.

My final straw, the one that shattered my faith and made me angry was the death of an infant. I was part of a crew trying to save this infant's life. We failed. The parents were present. It was horrible. Combined with all the other deaths and my experiences, I got angry. I saw no sense in it whatsoever.

Not all of us are perfect. I'm admitting a terrible shame.

Maybe someone else that lost faith and became angry at God can relate and maybe gain a little faith through positive responses and encouragement. I'm gonna guess I'm not alone.

All I know is that it's impossible for me to convey where I stand without being truthful to myself and those that I'm seeking guidance from. Be it priests, laity, or even yourself. Anything else would be a lie.
11-06-2019 07:14 PM
Keyzer Soze
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PeterEnergy, you are not a Catholic. In fact you're not a Christian. You do not believe in the Trinity. Do not post in this thread again. You have been warned. I will not say what I think about Sylvia Browne - but I do not believe much of anything she says, and neither should catholics.
Why would a Catholic or any Christian publicly state he is angry at God?
11-06-2019 01:09 PM
Atticus
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The Catholic psychic Sylvia Browne says when people are angry at God, they should really be angry at themselves because we chart the course of our lives in heaven, determining what we want to learn while we are down here.

The anger comes from opposing Free Will. Many times, my wife and I say that it was up to us, Jesus 2nd Coming would have already happened.

Shalom
PeterEnergy, you are not a Catholic. In fact you're not a Christian. You do not believe in the Trinity. Do not post in this thread again. You have been warned. I will not say what I think about Sylvia Browne - but I do not believe much of anything she says, and neither should catholics.
11-06-2019 12:25 PM
PeterEnergy
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All was well till I joined the Army. I just utterly lost all faith through a series of negative events. To be honest I didn't just lose it, I was angry at God. I know that's a terrible thing to say here but it's impossible to explain otherwise.
The Catholic psychic Sylvia Browne says when people are angry at God, they should really be angry at themselves because we chart the course of our lives in heaven, determining what we want to learn while we are down here.

The anger comes from opposing Free Will. Many times, my wife and I say that it was up to us, Jesus 2nd Coming would have already happened.

Shalom
11-05-2019 10:38 PM
Cabinet Maker
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Thanks for posting. I just really wanted you and others to know that you guys do indeed spark something. I just think that sometimes those of us that are anonymous and read these posts should chime it to let you guys know it. At least every once in a while anyways.

Earlier you mentioned bringing Catholics back into the fold. Oddly, I'm one of those that has maybe a sliver of actual faith yet I love the Church. I say this is odd because most of the fallen away I've met wind up hating the Church and finding every possible way to criticize it.

I grew up Catholic in a deeply devout family. At one time I even thought hard about becoming a priest. I did all the things good Catholics do, just a normal young Catholic man.

All was well till I joined the Army. I just utterly lost all faith through a series of negative events. To be honest I didn't just lose it, I was angry at God. I know that's a terrible thing to say here but it's impossible to explain otherwise.

After some time passed, I realized I truly need to at least hear and be exposed to Mass. I then returned to the Church, yet my faith never healed. These days I attend Mass when I can.

My family tells me that they pray for me often. My sister, a Franciscan Nun gets her whole convent to include me when they pray. I forget what It's called when they do that, but apparently they have a list of troubled family members and friends that they give a little extra prayer for.

So I'm getting sparks from here and there.

When you specifically mentioned "attending a beautiful Mass this morning and having a fine meal with family this afternoon" this was one of those sparks. You may not have intended it to be a spark, but it gave off love and joy. Really though your whole post did, you clearly desire for the fallen to return and don't seem to be angry or unloving towards us.

Sorry I'm not giving much insight into how to get some of us back, I wish I could help you. But, you did help me a little, so thank you.
I hope you guys don't mind me horning in on the conversation, but what you both are relating is sooo "normal" relating to Catholicism. In this case, from both directions!

Cornly, you grew up in a Catholic family, attending Mass when you had to (in other words, when Mom and Dad said let's go!) Took your classes, got your Confirmation, and, a la poof!, you were an official Catholic! Maybe was an altar boy for a bit, and flirted with considering the priesthood (without know the least bit of what would be entailed.)

For you, it was the Service. For me, college.

Of course I can't speak to your specific circumstances, but for me, a combination of always having to go to Church on Sunday, Holy days of obligation, Midnight Christmas Mass, Easter Mass, and very little formal Catholicism in between. So for me, true knowledge of the Faith and the reasoning behind everything we did, was never part of my learning. So I "believed" in something because I was supposed to, but couldn't articulate that reasoning to somebody to save my life!

So it didn't take a lot, once I was away from home, to get me to question the Faith, ultimately leaving the function and ritual. Honesty, I never lost my belief in God, and never had any real animosity to Catholicism, but I just had no interest in doing the "things". Fast forward 40 years, serious prayer, and Jesus welcomed me back.

My ultimate point being that being a mature adult, married and father of three, I finally had the capacity to ask for the forgiveness and truth I needed. No Saul/Paul moment. No flash of lightning. No horrendous family illness or death.
Just the feeling that I just really needed to get back to God. For me, it took literally months of just praying the Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Act of Contrition. No Church. No Clergy interaction. Just prayer. And one day while trying to find some tunes on my radio in my shop, I tripped over Immaculate Heart Radio. (Now part of Revelant Radio)

A couple of months listening to faithful, Orthodox Catholics, good Priests and Laity, and I was ready to explore the next step. Going to my local parish at their Sat. afternoon 1 1/2 hour confession time, the Priest was standing outside the Confessional with no one there, saw my tentative entrance and invited me in.
40 minutes, and now a long line of somewhat miffed parishioners later, I walked out with a sense of well being not felt in 40 years.

Jesus has the greatest patience for all of us. Stay away from the divisiveness and angst. The worry and indecision. Give Him the honor, and the chance to run your life like He wants to. Act like a six year old. Totally trusting in Dad.

Think about it, Cornly. It might be easier for you than even Atticus as you've had some teaching. But you both are doing what need to be done...what everyone needs to do. Trusting in Jesus and the Church He founded.

So there's my take on it. Be blessed!
11-05-2019 04:48 PM
Atticus Great post Cornly2! Welcome to the thread! I'm so glad you are here and reading this. I think a lot of people I've met also had negative life experiences or negative experiences with someone in the Church. This is very unfortunate, but also I think inevitable when you realize that there are so many broken people both inside and outside the Faith.

One of the things which drew my wife and I to our present home parish was the friendliness and love of the congregation and the priest. They literally reached out to us and made us feel welcome, even when we left in the middle of Mass. They also never minded when my son was loud in Church, and even when he said the words the priest was supposed to say! He used to like to say "Let us pray" right when our priest was about to. I noticed the priest smiling one time when it happened; then he took a long pause, and said "Let us pray." I know that most if not all of the congregation loves Tommy, and are glad to have him there even if he doesn't do what everyone else is doing. It's love. And this is what comes from God and draws all of us together. God IS love. God IS Mercy. And He wants us all to live our best lives.

There is a wonderful book by C.S. Lewis called "The Problem of Pain." It deals logically with the questions many have about why God can be good, and yet allow so much tragedy and evil in the world. Lewis is masterful - yet easy to read.

I don't know if that is the only thing you're dealing with, but I do know that prayer helps. When I'm having a tough day, I ask my wife to pray for me, or my Mom, and it literally changes the course of the day, or at least gives me peace to deal with what comes.

Another thing I would recommend is going to the sacrament of reconciliation - somewhere where the priest does not know you. Set aside some time, and make a good and thorough confession, and you will feel great peace, and the love of Christ. The priests in my area are all wonderful in the confession booth, and always encouraging. I wish I could go more often, since the hours are so limited, but it's always worthwhile and makes me feel better. It also will make your experience of the Mass better too.

I do not mean to pry, nor to preach - and believe me I have plenty of problems myself which I'm dealing with. I'm just trying to be helpful.

I'm glad you are enjoying the thread. Perhaps something else you or somebody else will read or hear here will be even more helpful. God bless you!
11-05-2019 02:47 PM
Cornly2
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Hey Cornly2, I invite you to read through this thread from the beginning. There are some nice videos in there too which you may enjoy. I would love to see you post some more about your experiences, but if you'd rather talk via PM, feel free to contact me, and I'll be happy to help. God bless!
Thanks for posting. I just really wanted you and others to know that you guys do indeed spark something. I just think that sometimes those of us that are anonymous and read these posts should chime it to let you guys know it. At least every once in a while anyways.

Earlier you mentioned bringing Catholics back into the fold. Oddly, I'm one of those that has maybe a sliver of actual faith yet I love the Church. I say this is odd because most of the fallen away I've met wind up hating the Church and finding every possible way to criticize it.

I grew up Catholic in a deeply devout family. At one time I even thought hard about becoming a priest. I did all the things good Catholics do, just a normal young Catholic man.

All was well till I joined the Army. I just utterly lost all faith through a series of negative events. To be honest I didn't just lose it, I was angry at God. I know that's a terrible thing to say here but it's impossible to explain otherwise.

After some time passed, I realized I truly need to at least hear and be exposed to Mass. I then returned to the Church, yet my faith never healed. These days I attend Mass when I can.

My family tells me that they pray for me often. My sister, a Franciscan Nun gets her whole convent to include me when they pray. I forget what It's called when they do that, but apparently they have a list of troubled family members and friends that they give a little extra prayer for.

So I'm getting sparks from here and there.

When you specifically mentioned "attending a beautiful Mass this morning and having a fine meal with family this afternoon" this was one of those sparks. You may not have intended it to be a spark, but it gave off love and joy. Really though your whole post did, you clearly desire for the fallen to return and don't seem to be angry or unloving towards us.

Sorry I'm not giving much insight into how to get some of us back, I wish I could help you. But, you did help me a little, so thank you.
11-05-2019 10:31 AM
Cabinet Maker
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Okay, time for another miracle story! I think it was on December 30, 2009, but am not sure anymore. I didn't write it down when it happened.

As I've said before, my son has Autism. We had been taking him to a special Autism specialist (MD) in Wisconsin and he had had a blood draw on his first visit. The blood draw traumatized him, partly because, as a precaution, the nurse decided he had to be restrained in order to keep him from moving while the needle was inserted. The restraint was a big rubber mat which they wrapped him in. He was really frightened, but we went along with it the first time since we thought they knew best.

So a few months later, we went back to the clinic to talk to the Doctor. Tommy was now afraid to go to the Doctor, and kept saying "no doctor" constantly on the hour long journey.

When we got to the clinic, we learned that they would not need to do any testing with Tommy that day. So he could sit and watch TV while my wife and I spoke with the doctor. There was a video which he really liked, and which had calmed him on other occasions. It was a "Little Einsteins" episode on DVD.

Unfortunately, the clinic had just reorganized their library of DVDs. Most of them had the titles printed on the front, instead of on the spine, so since all now had white jackets, you couldn't tell what anything was. The nurse told us it would be hard to find that specific video.

All of a sudden, a disc, free from the case, popped out of the shelved DVDs, and fell to the floor 2 feet below. We were all standing at least 4 feet away from the shelf, and nobody had touched it. It stayed on one edge, and began rolling around in a wide circle on the floor, until it rested.

The nurse picked up the DVD, and it was the exact one Tommy liked. We believe Tommy's guardian angel found the DVD and got it out for us.

Yup, not surprised at all. I had a somewhat similar experience a couple years back.
11-05-2019 10:25 AM
Atticus Okay, time for another miracle story! I think it was on December 30, 2009, but am not sure anymore. I didn't write it down when it happened.

As I've said before, my son has Autism. We had been taking him to a special Autism specialist (MD) in Wisconsin and he had had a blood draw on his first visit. The blood draw traumatized him, partly because, as a precaution, the nurse decided he had to be restrained in order to keep him from moving while the needle was inserted. The restraint was a big rubber mat which they wrapped him in. He was really frightened, but we went along with it the first time since we thought they knew best.

So a few months later, we went back to the clinic to talk to the Doctor. Tommy was now afraid to go to the Doctor, and kept saying "no doctor" constantly on the hour long journey.

When we got to the clinic, we learned that they would not need to do any testing with Tommy that day. So he could sit and watch TV while my wife and I spoke with the doctor. There was a video which he really liked, and which had calmed him on other occasions. It was a "Little Einsteins" episode on DVD.

Unfortunately, the clinic had just reorganized their library of DVDs. Most of them had the titles printed on the front, instead of on the spine, so since all now had white jackets, you couldn't tell what anything was. The nurse told us it would be hard to find that specific video.

All of a sudden, a disc, free from the case, popped out of the shelved DVDs, and fell to the floor 2 feet below. We were all standing at least 4 feet away from the shelf, and nobody had touched it. It stayed on one edge, and began rolling around in a wide circle on the floor, until it rested.

The nurse picked up the DVD, and it was the exact one Tommy liked. We believe Tommy's guardian angel found the DVD and got it out for us.
11-04-2019 09:07 PM
Atticus
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Your post has sparked me. I think I'm one of those you speak of.

The hour is late for me and this subject deserves genuine thought. Maybe I'll post more later once I've given it time.

Just wanted you to know that since you took the effort and time to write your concerns, that one of your intended recipients read, understood, and is thinking about it.

There's no flame or anything yet, but a spark for sure.
Hey Cornly2, I invite you to read through this thread from the beginning. There are some nice videos in there too which you may enjoy. I would love to see you post some more about your experiences, but if you'd rather talk via PM, feel free to contact me, and I'll be happy to help. God bless!
11-04-2019 08:56 PM
Atticus
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Ted I agree with what you say about Chad Ripperger he is an amazing Priest and one who teaches about the Catholic faith from a 180 degree perspective.

My wife knows the guy that runs the Sensus Fidelium page on youtube.

Another great resource which are a small but growing number of Catholic parishes are the Ordinariate to the Chair of Saint Peter....the order of their Mass pre-dates the Latin Mass and is certainly pre-vatican 2.

Here is the link:
https://ordinariate.net/

HK
Henrykjr, I am a former "Anglo-Catholic" Episcopalian. I always wished for a reunification with Rome, and was dismayed as I saw the Episcopal Church step further and further away from any possibility of reunion. I was DELIGHTED when I heard of the Anglican Ordinariate. It was the perfect way to preserve the rich patrimony of the English church, with it's spirituality, customs and culture. I came into the Roman Catholic Church during the reign of Benedict XVI, and was thrilled when he made his state visit to Britain. Unfortunately, there is no Anglican Orinariate parish close to me. I would be there in a heartbeat, as I love the old English hymns and prayers. I'm so glad this Ordinariate exists, and it is my hope that it will reintroduce to the rest of the Church the great beauty of English sacred music and art, and help to add much needed color and reverence to the Novus Ordo Mass.
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